The Colonial Casbah on the Silver Screen: Using Pepe le Moko and The Battle of Algiers to Teach Colonialism, Race, and Globalization in French History

The Colonial Casbah on the Silver Screen: Using Pepe le Moko and The Battle of Algiers to Teach... Page 186 TEACHING RADICAL HISTORY The Colonial Casbah on the Silver Screen: Using Pépé le Moko and The Battle of Algiers to Teach Colonialism, Race, and Globalization in French History Michael G. Vann Teaching history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I encounter many students who are aware of (and often very well informed about) issues of social justice, racism, and globalization. However, most of my students do not expect to consider such subjects in a survey of twentieth-century French history. In a class of some thirty students—equally divided between a third history majors, a third French literature or language majors, and a third representing everything from politics to computer sciences majors—my syllabus often comes as a shock to them. I present them with a series of texts that foreground intense social conflicts in the narrative of French history. These conflicts include labor activism, gender disputes, and the development and bitter legacy of fascism. My course calls special attention to the histories of colonialism and race, allowing my students to gain insight into French, European, and global issues of race and social justice by studying subjects traditionally ignored or marginalized in French history. To teach these subjects, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Radical History Review Duke University Press

The Colonial Casbah on the Silver Screen: Using Pepe le Moko and The Battle of Algiers to Teach Colonialism, Race, and Globalization in French History

Radical History Review, Volume 2002 (83) – Apr 1, 2002

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2002 by MARHO: The Radical Historians' Organization, Inc.
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0163-6545
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10.1215/01636545-2002-83-186
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Page 186 TEACHING RADICAL HISTORY The Colonial Casbah on the Silver Screen: Using Pépé le Moko and The Battle of Algiers to Teach Colonialism, Race, and Globalization in French History Michael G. Vann Teaching history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I encounter many students who are aware of (and often very well informed about) issues of social justice, racism, and globalization. However, most of my students do not expect to consider such subjects in a survey of twentieth-century French history. In a class of some thirty students—equally divided between a third history majors, a third French literature or language majors, and a third representing everything from politics to computer sciences majors—my syllabus often comes as a shock to them. I present them with a series of texts that foreground intense social conflicts in the narrative of French history. These conflicts include labor activism, gender disputes, and the development and bitter legacy of fascism. My course calls special attention to the histories of colonialism and race, allowing my students to gain insight into French, European, and global issues of race and social justice by studying subjects traditionally ignored or marginalized in French history. To teach these subjects,

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